Wartburg’s Second Annual Gala Raises $135,000


Jazz in June: A Wartburg Celebration of Arts & Music, the second annual gala fundraiser for Wartburg, a leading adult care community in Westchester, NY, raised nearly $135,000 on June 10, 2014.  The event was held at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, NY, and drew 275 guests and 19 sponsors to honor The Rev. Dr. Dale G. Gatz and Ms. Yvonne K. Gatz, Wartburg’s former President and First Lady.

Award winning singer / songwriter / musician Kate Davis, who has performed at Kennedy Center, The Blue Note and Lincoln Center, and was named as one of MTV’s 2014 “15 Fresh Females Who Will Rule Pop,” was the featured entertainer.

“This year’s gala was a special evening for all guests, honorees and sponsors and an immense fundraising success,” said David J. Gentner, President and CEO.  “These general-purpose funds will help Wartburg improve and expand its adult day care and home health care services, assisted and independent living programs as well as our nursing home programs for the senior citizens of Westchester County and beyond.”

Dr. Gatz served as Wartburg’s President and Chief Executive Officer from 1991-2004.  This period of Wartburg history saw the rapid expansion of facilities on its historic campus, including the Henry G. & Jeannette A. Waltemade Health Care Center, a three-story, state-of-the-art skilled nursing facility and rehabilitation center and the construction of Meadowview Assisted Living.

Yvonne K. Gatz served the Wartburg community beside her husband with a distinct display of inspiration and compassion for all, especially enjoying volunteering for a story-telling group.  She was also a member of the Wartburg Ladies Auxiliary.

“We are delighted to honor Rev. Dr. Gatz,” said Rev. Amandus Derr, Wartburg Board Chair and member of the Jazz in June Steering Committee.  “His leadership at the turn of the century helped to fashion the Wartburg that we know today.”

Major sponsors for Jazz in June 2014 included: Lecesse Construction, Morgan Stanley, Lutheran Services New York Alliance, Mintz Levin PC, Morrison Senior Living and Patient Care Associates.

Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Nursing Homes in New York State” in 2013, for the third consecutive year, Wartburg ( is a not-for-profit adult community with a full range of residential options and health-related services for older area adults and their families.  Wartburg offers skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, assisted and independent living, adult day services, home health care, spiritual care and monthly caregiver support groups.  Wartburg is a member organization of the National Center for Creative Aging.

(l to r) David Gentner, President & CEO of Wartburg; Ms. Yvonne Gatz (honoree); Rev. Dr. Dale G. Gatz (honoree) and Edgar J. Myers, Wartburg Board of Directors.
(l to r) David Gentner, President & CEO of Wartburg; Ms. Yvonne Gatz (honoree); Rev. Dr. Dale G. Gatz (honoree) and Edgar J. Myers, Wartburg Board of Directors.
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